Collects Regression #1-5
Cullen Bunn - Story ◊ Danny Luckert - Art ◊ Marie Enger - Color/Letters
Plagued by ghastly waking nightmares, Adrian reluctantly agrees to past-life regression hypnotherapy. As his consciousness is cast back through time, Adrian witnesses a scene of horrific debauchery and diabolism. Waking, he is more unsettled than before, and with good reason—something has followed him back. Adrian descends into a world of occult conspiracy, mystery, reincarnation, and insanity from which there is no escape. CULLEN BUNN (Harrow County, The Sixth Gun, The Empty Man), DANNY LUCKERT (Haunted), and MARIE ENGER (Pistolwhip, 2 Sisters) present a tale of supernatural terror and intrigue unlike any horror comic you’ve ever experienced.
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Horror books are always subjective. So many times horror works - or don't work - based on your own fears. Sometimes, horror books touch on topics that make us uncomfortable and snag on our secret insecurities. Often, I feel how one reacts to horror often reveals more about a person then how they react to a love story. That being said, Regression is not a shock-and-awe type of horror comic. This character driven story pulled me in and left me creeped out, in the best way possible. Adrian is self aware and conflicted, making him a unique type of protagonist.
My biggest beef is really that his best friend would just kind of tag alone with the murder-ride, but I am going to cut slack in this area and I will explain why. Molly is Adrian's only friend and an artist, who is channeling or has some kind of connection overall. What, exactly? Well, hell...I don't know and I really hope we find out. The second reason is that she seems to be able to take care of herself and I like that writers did a good job with making her non-stereotypical.
The art seemed to grow a bit between the first issue and last within this volume. I am not sure if it was the escalation of dark imagery in the story or just growth within the artist, but by the middle of this volume I really started to become aware of the unique detailing in certain aspects. This really focused the art and story at key moments. The stone feel with soft colors really is a unique and beautiful combination and complimented the story.
All in all this first volume of Regression is entertaining and left me hungering for more. If you are a fan of horror comics, Regression is certainly one you need to check out!